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Niagara Falls native hired for business development role

NIAGARA FALLS – A Niagara Falls native who worked for the Cuomo administration in Central New York will become the city’s new director of business development, a position that’s been vacant for several years.

Anthony Vilardo, who worked as a regional representative for Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, has been hired for the post, Mayor Paul A. Dyster’s office announced Tuesday.

The job includes duties as executive director of the city’s Urban Renewal Agency and the Niagara Falls City Development Corp., an agency that provides business grants and loans.

His starting salary was not immediately available, though the job posting from last year listed a salary of $58,880 plus benefits. There is a stipend for serving as head of the URA, Dyster said, though that figure was also not immediately available.

Prior to working for the Cuomo administration, Vilardo was a field coordinator for the Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, according to Dyster’s office. Vilardo, a graduate of Niagara University, will start the job on Monday.